By Morgan Fiske
Marin County offers many exercise options. Some of the newest options include, SoulCycle, The Dailey Method, and Yoga Tree SF.
SoulCycle—according to it’s devotees is not just a class, it’s an experience. Morgan Rich, 20-year-old Larkspur studio rider says, “SoulCycle has made me feel better on the outside and the inside. Not only is SoulCycle a great and fun way to workout, but it motivates me to be a better person and push through the class for myself and others around me.” The masterminds behind SoulCycle are co-founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler who met in New York. They opened their first studio in 2006 in the Upper WestSide of New York City. Since then, thirty locations have opened across the country, and the company is still expanding with around 10,000 riders walking through the SoulCycle studio doors each day. The Bay Area studios are located in Marin, Palo Alto and San Francisco, and cost $30 per class with a $3 shoe rental if you don’t own your own cycling shoes. Assistant PR Cordinator, Kristyn Clark says, “SoulCycle is a full body cardio-workout experience that releases stress, burns fat, tones muscle and changes riders’ bodies and lives. It’s a mix of high-intensity cardio (riders burn between 500-700 calories in 45-minutes) and upper body toning using hand weights and practice core-engaging choreography that helps riders reach their fitness goals. Additionally, SoulCycle classes are held in candlelit studios--the dark room allows riders to take a journey and lose themselves in the workout. It enables riders to set an intention that is reinforced by the inspirational coaching of the instructor. “
Another popular new workout is the local Dailey Methods in Marin are located in Corte Madera, Fairfax and Novato, with other locations in San Francisco. The Dailey Method was created over 13 years ago with a concentration on a system of strengthening and stretching all the major muscle groups in the body. It is doable for anyone that wants to improve their fitness levels. It includes orthopedic exercises, yoga and core conditioning that are all non-impact exercises. For anyone experiencing an injury, The Dailey Method is a safe form of exercise, based on orthopedic movements working the body with proper alignment and form. Classes can be purchased for $22 each, or a new student special--$100 for 30 days, unlimited classes. Classes can be booked on The Dailey Method website.
Yoga Tree SF has a location in Corte Madera as well as multiple locations in San Francisco. An introductory offer is only $20 for three classes, and after that, numerous packages are offered as well as a student discount with a valid school student ID for $16 per class. Yoga offers many benefits for one’s body. Yoga brings balance to one’s body, lowers blood pressure, strengthens and tones muscles, and helps detoxify your system. Classes begin as early as 6am and the last one starts at 7:30pm. If you’re looking for a high-energy class to hip music, Susan Hauser offers a heated power flow class for yogis of all levels.
With the holiday season here, people are indulging in sweet desserts and heavy meals. Take some time to detoxify your body and get into shape. If you’re looking to change up your daily fitness routine, give SoulCycle, The Dailey Method or Yoga Tree a try.